You might be able to make good use of the crates you already have, given their sturdiness and how tight the discs already fit in them. I'd line the crates with ethafoam (or styrofoam in a pinch; it's cheaper but less rigid) and also sandwich each disc between two sheets of ethafoam. 1/2" should do. Store and move them on end, as Steve already said. So looking at the open crate from the top, from left to right you'd see: crate side, ethafoam, disc, ethafoam, disc. . . until you reach the opposite side of the crate. This would have the added advantage of making the crates lighter, but you'd need more of them (assuming they are now full).
This is a technique used for flat museum items, and we use it for transporting glass plate negatives. There's no doubt some specs for making museum transport crates on the Web.
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] 16" transcription disc housing & moving audio collections
I have a request and a heads-up/request combination:
1) I'm seeking advice for properly re-housing more than 200 16"
rare transcription discs. Currently these are stored in plywood crates
lying horizontally (30-40 to a box).
2) These transcription discs are part of a far larger collection,
the University of Kansas Archive of Recorded Sound Collection, which is
moving (almost immediately---starting the end of March, I learned this
week!) to an intermediate storage facility and then eventually to our
offsite high capacity storage annex. I'm particularly concerned about
developing housing, care and handling guidelines, at least for our most
fragile formats---we have most every possible format in this
collection--- at this point so they are not damaged during the move or
in their eventual storage locations.
We have multiple longstanding problems in this collection that will
require addressing before the move begins---I need to identify and try
to address the most critical of these and stay ahead of, and try to
forestall parts of, the move as much as necessary or possible.
I expect I may be leaning on this list---yes, I'm so so thankful for
this list, especially at a time like this--- and posting questions about
housing and storage as they arise but also would appreciate knowing of
anyone else out there who has moved a large audio collection comprising
multiple fragile formats who'd be willing to share advice or
Thanks, in advance,
Head, Preservation Department
University of Kansas Libraries
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